Rewatching ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ for the Holidays? Here Are Some Fun Facts About the Ferrari

Carlos Kirby
Dec 21, 2021 · 4 min read
We all remember the cringe-worthy moment in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off when Cameron's father's Ferrari falls from the jack and rolls through a plate glass window to its death. Watching the roll off into the abyss was both terrifying and heartbreaking for those that know how special and rare that luxury car was.
Let's take a look at the car used to shoot one of the most iconic scenes in movie history.
Closeup of the front left headlight of a classic Ferrari.
If you noticed the Ferrari 250 GT California in Ferris Bueler you’ll love these facts.

Did they destroy a Ferrari 250 GT for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?

Fans of the vehicle can rest assured that the car that is seen being demolished in the movie was, in fact, a replica. Hughes had his heart set on a Mercedes initially, but quickly changed his mind when he discovered the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT in a magazine. 
However, the rarity of the car made it virtually impossible for Hughes to use an authentic version of the car. In fact, the car is so rare that even Hughes couldn't get his hands on the real deal. 
He had to settle for the Modena Spyder, a replica of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder, created by Modena Design and Development's Neil Glassmoyer and Mark Goyette. Indeed, the vehicle that Hughes spotted in the magazine was a replica produced by Glassmoyer and Goyette.
According to Road and Track, one of the replicas was sold at auction for $407,000 in 2018 and another was sold for $396,000 in 2020.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Ferrari 250 GT replicas 

There were three replicas made for the film. The first replica was the one that was used for the majority of filming. It did suffer a bit of damage during filming, but it was rebuilt and sold. 
The second replica that was built, which was intended to be used for stunts, ended up seeing very little damage because it didn't drive so well, so it wasn't used for its intended purpose. This was the replica that was used for the odometer roll-back scene.
The third replica was meant to be used in the odometer roll-back scene but was never completed. This replica was basically a hollow fiberglass shell.
The replica sold in 2020 was restored by one of the original creators, Glassmoyer. This was the version that was sold at Barrett-Jackson's Scottsdale auction for $396,000.

 The 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder

The Ferrari makes its debut in the film when Ferris asks Cameron to borrow the car to go joyriding. Cameron tells Ferris that his father "loves this car more than life itself." Realistically given the rarity of the car would have been no small investment. 
There were only 56 of these vehicles made in 1961. According to Collier Automedia, a real Ferrari 250 GT California was auctioned in 2016 for $17 million, and another sold for $18.5 million in 2015. These vehicles are incredibly rare, so when they do go up for sale, they almost always make the front page.
Though many "choice" vehicles have been sacrificed for the sake of movie magic, thankfully the Ferrari 250 GT was not one of them. Thanks to the high price tag, Hughes instead chose to go with a cheaper replica version. 

Stay covered wherever you drive

However, as you can see, even the replicas can't be had for the price of a new Honda. These days, only serious collectors can get their hands on these, and they are thankfully being preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Are you in the market for insurance on a classic or restoration? Let Jerry help you not only get the best rate but also ensure that you continue getting the best rate by auditing your policy every six months.

Easiest way to compare and buy car insurance

No long forms
No spam or unwanted phone calls
Quotes from top insurance companies
Find insurance savings — it's 100% free